The Bears traded RB Jordan Howard to Philadelphia in March for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick. The move was dubious as Howard had been a key contributor in the Bears backfield for 3 years.
Bears GM Ryan Pace selected RB David Montgomery out of Iowa State in the 3rd round. An elusive back, Montgomery will make Bears fans forget about Jordan Howard.
He rushed for 2,925 yards and 26 touchdowns in 3 seasons for the Cyclones. Montgomery’s pass-catching skills are just as exceptional with 582 career receiving yards on 71 receptions.
Montgomery is built similarly to fellow Bears teammate Tarik Cohen, but on another level. Per NFL.com, Montgomery led the FBS in forced missed tackles on rushes (99) as well as forced missed tackle percentage (38.7). With that kind of elusiveness, Montgomery was one of the biggest steals in the draft.
And with Cohen alongside Montgomery, the Bears have one dynamic backfield.
Former Dallas Cowboys executive and current NFL.com columnist Gil Brandt sees big things ahead for David Montgomery. Brandt projects Montgomery to be the top rookie running back of this class, and of the future:
“Montgomery could very well be the latest third-round running back to make a splash as a rookie, following in the footsteps of Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt. The Bears paved the way for Montgomery to become a feature back by trading Jordan Howard to the Eagles before the draft. The Iowa State product rushed for 1,100-plus yards in each of the past two seasons, and if he slides right in and takes up Howard’s old workload (270 touches in 2018), Montgomery should produce like crazy. Montgomery can catch the ball better than I thought, and thus offers a bit more versatility than Howard; he should also be a potent goal-line threat. He has a chance to really thrive in the offense of Matt Nagy, who was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in 2017, when Hunt led the NFL with 1,327 rushing yards.”
It will be fun to watch David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen lead the Bears backfield on this exciting playoff team.